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Mather, Dixon and Co

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History notes.
Remains of J. P. Mather, Dixon hand crane at Carrick-on-Shannon
Mather, Dixon Type 2-2-2 Engine.

Mather, Dixon and Co of Bath Street Foundry, Liverpool

Also called J P Mather, Dixon & Co

1826 Company established as builders of marine and stationary steam engines

1827 Produced tank engine and railway cranes

1828 Partnership between Jno. P. Mather, Wm Dixon, and John Laird, millwrights and engineers, (J. P. Mather, Dixon and Co) of Liverpool, dissolved by mutual consent, as far as respects John Laird [1]

1830 Built the 'Wigan' for the Wigan Branch Railway

1836 Edge Hill Station opened in Liverpool and had two stationary engine houses, with beam engines supplied by Mather, Dixon, to operate rope haulage for the carriages from Lime Street Station to Edge Hill Station. In 1870 locomotives working the trains replaced the system [2]

1837 Beam engine initially installed at Bootle, moved to Green Lane, Liverpool in 1856. [3]

1839 The company moved to new premises at New Foundry, William Street, Bootle

1842 Partnership between John Philips Mather, William Dixon, Ormerod Heyworth and John Grantham, Engineers and Iron founders (J. P. Mather, Dixon and Co) dissolved by mutual consent, so far as related to Ormerod Heyworth. Business to be carried on as Mather, Dixon and Grantham [4]

1843 Article in 'The Civil Engineer and Architect’s Journal', July 1843, about a Mather, Dixon & Grantham oscillating marine engine[5]

1843 The company closed, having built 75 locomotives.

1895. Clement E. Stretton mentioned in a letter in The Engineer, that all the drawings of the locomotives built by this firm were purchased by the authorities of the Chicago Field Museum.[6] Currently (2013), the museum has no record of this and therefore this fact has to be proven.

The remains of a Mather, Dixon hand crane have been preserved at Carrick-on-Shannon [7]. See photograph.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. [1] The London Gazette, p.633
  2. [2] 'Port Cities' website, Edward Chambré Hardman archive
  3. ‘Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain, Volume 3.2: Lancashire’ by George Watkins: Landmark Publishing Ltd.
  4. [3] The London Gazette, p.1398
  5. [4] PDF version of 'The Civil Engineer and Architect’s Journal', July 1843
  6. The Engineer 1895/10/18
  7. [5] Irish Waterways History: 'Shannon Cranes' web pages with photographs of crane
  • British Steam Locomotive Builders by James W. Lowe. Published in 1975. ISBN 0-905100-816